This Star Wars: The Clone Wars article contains spoilers.
Originally introduced as a supporting character in The Clone Wars movie that spawned the animated series, Ahsoka Tano is unquestionably the star of The Clone Wars season 7. In just eight episodes (she’s not in the first arc of the season), we follow Ahsoka from Coruscant’s seedy Level 1313 to the Siege of Mandalore to the chaos of Order 66. In essence, the final season maps out where Ahsoka was and what she was doing at the end of the Clone Wars and how the Jedi Purge completely changed the trajectory of her life.
The Clone Wars could only end in tragedy. That much we already knew from Revenge of the Sith, but Ahsoka’s journey is particularly heartbreaking, not least because of the stuff she still doesn’t know by the end of the series. In the “Siege of Mandalore” arc, she struggles to balance her duty to the Republic with her faith in her former master, Anakin Skywalker. During her duel with Maul on Mandalore, the villain reveals to her that he’s had a vision of Anakin turning to the dark side and becoming Darth Sidious‘ new apprentice, an eventuality that she refuses to accept. She believes in Anakin the hero and chooses not to relate the vision to the Jedi Council when she has the chance.
But Ahsoka begins to understand the truth in the penultimate episode of the series, appropriately titled “Shattered,” when she feels a disturbance in the Force as Anakin turns on the Jedi and becomes Darth Vader. She doesn’t get much time to think about what’s happened, as Order 66 breaks out, forcing her to fight the clone troopers she’d once proudly served with. Trapped in a Republic cruiser full of surprise enemies, Ahsoka is forced to use her wits, lightsaber skills, and Maul to survive Order 66 while figuring out what’s going on.
After removing the control chip in Rex’s brain that’s manipulating him to kill Jedi, the duo escapes the Republic ship as it crash lands on a desolate moon. Ahsoka’s final scene is devastating. One of only two survivors of the crash, she stands before the graves of the clone troopers she couldn’t save in the end. Ahsoka leaves behind her lightsaber at the wreckage and abandons the life of a Jedi for good.
Where Ahsoka went after the end of the Clone Wars is explored a bit in the YA novel Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston, but much of this period in the young hero’s life is still a mystery. It’s not until her return as a Rebel spy in Rebels that we truly get to learn a few things about where she’s been. But that’s still quite a few years missing from Ahsoka’s life that are yet to be mined for more Star Wars stories.
Born in 36 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) on the Togruta homeworld of Shili, Ahsoka was 17 when the Clone Wars ended in 19 BBY. By the time she returns in Rebels in 4 BBY, she’s 32. No longer a teen trying to find her place in the world, Ahsoka has grown into a role model for younger generations of heroes, like series protagonist Ezra Bridger.
While she’s set to appear in The Mandalorian season 2, played by Rosario Dawson, the last time we saw Ahsoka on the small screen was in the Rebels series finale, just after the end of the Galactic Civil War in 5 ABY (After the Battle of Yavin), making her 41 by that point. Since The Mandalorian is set 5 years after Return of the Jedi, it seems we’ll be reunited with her at the age of 45. Dawson is 40.
Although her Clone Wars adventures are over, it’s good to know we’ll get to see more of Ahsoka’s journey very soon. The Mandalorian season 2 is scheduled to release on Disney+ in October.